Netflix has unveiled a brand new nature documentary, voiced by David Attenborough.
The eight-part documentary will be released next April, exploring the wonders of our planet in typically breathtaking footage.
“Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world,” Attenborough said as the series was announced on Thursday.
“Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.”
The series has been a collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), who allowed producers access to film previously restricted locations.
The WWF’s Colin Butfield, who served as an executive producer on the project, said: “I’ve never seen a natural history series that combines real stuff you’ve never seen before but that always has a really, really great narrative in each episode. It’s not at all preachy, it’s spectacular mass public entertainment, but by the end you are absolutely aware of the challenge of climate change and overfishing and deforestation.”
Our Planet was actually announced back in 2015, though Attenborough wasn’t attached to the series at the time. Producers have spent four years filming across 50 different countries to put the documentary together.
Butfield said Netflix would make Our Planet available on the same day around the world – something that is impossible to achieve with traditional TV channels – in an attempt to influence governments. The series will be available only to paying subscribers.
“I can’t think of a better platform that will reach that many people at the same time,” he said. “For this particular one it’s all about having that global moment. It’s hard to get a programme on lots of national broadcasters at the same time. Whether it’s London or Delhi or Rio or Washington, we want it out at exactly the same time.”
He said other material produced alongside each episode would be made freely available online. “Our motive is educational and [improving] public understanding of the natural world. [It] is telling a much bigger, deeper story about the state of the planet and how nature can recover.”
Attenborough’s other latest project, Dynasties, begins this Sunday on BBC One.
Dynasties will hone in on the five of the most celebrated and endangered species in the animal kingdom. Lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins will become the focus in the “most critical period in their lives”.
Each episode of Dynasties will focus on a different animal: Emperor penguins in the frozen wastes of Antarctica, chimpanzees on the edge of the Sahara in Senegal, West Africa, lions on the savannas of Kenya’s Masai Mara, painted wolves on the floodplains of the great Zambezi river in Zimbabwe and tigers in the jungles of Bandhavgarh, India.